Mustain, Norman Pick Arkansas

Mitch Mustain and Andrew Norman announced their decisions today. They'll both play at the same school next year after making verbal pledges ahead of their high school senior season.

Mitch Mustain and Andrew Norman, teammates at Springdale, Ark., High School, picked Arkansas as their college destination.

Mustain (6-3, 200. 4.6) is the top-rated quarterback in the nation. Norman is a highly regarded wide receiver.

Both made their announcement at a media briefing at the Springdale High School fieldhouse Monday evening after their afternoon football practice.

Mustain is rated as the No. 1 quarterback in the country by

"I have decided to go to the University of Arkansas and be a Razorback," Mustain said.

An older gentlemen in the clapping audience then yelled out "I'm so happy" and was likely speaking for most if not all Razorback fans.

"Basically it just came down to I had many choices and there are certain things I want to do in my career - not only win championships, but do in places that it would mean a lot," Mustain said. "Arkansas is definitely one of those places that it would mean a lot to win. I think this is the best place for that."

Mustain and Norman both let Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt know earlier in the day in a face-to-face meeting on the UA campus.

"He was excited, I was excited and I think we both felt a lot of pressure off of our shoulders after I told him," Mustain said. "We are going to continue on and he is going to worry about our season and we are going to worry about ours here."

Norman (6-2, 180, 4.55) is not only Mustain's best friend, but was his top target last season and became the last of the so-called Springdale 5 to announce his decision.

"I will also be continuing my career at the University of Arkansas," Norman announced.

Mustain, who had 27 offers, noted that his final two were Arkansas and Notre Dame and that he had made the decision about three days ago and then slept on it.

"I have grown up in Arkansas and I had a lot of choices," Mustain said. "I thought I owed it to myself and every one around me to check out my options. I have always liked the Razorbacks since I was a kid. Of course, when you grow up here that is all you know. That definitely helped out and knowing what we (the Razorbacks) are capable of and where we could take this program. Not just me and Andrew, but everybody there."

Norman is a gifted wideout who led Springdale in catches last season.

"It's a great dream," Norman said. "I get to play with my best friend and there is nothing better I could imagine than that happening right now."

Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn said Arkansas was getting a great pair, not just a great quarterback.

"Arkansas is getting two really good football players," Malzahn said. "I really believe that Mitch is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and Andrew Norman is one of the best wide receivers. When we've gone to national 7-on-7 tournaments, he and Damian Williams have been the best two out there.

"There is going to be a lot of hookups between Mitch Mustain and Andrew Norman and Arkansas fans are going to get a treat watching these two play for four years," Malzahn added.

Springdale opens the season on the road Sept. 3 against Shreveport Evangel, then will travel to Prescott and finally open their home season on Sept. 16 against Tulsa Jenks.

"Now we can start thinking about our goals and dreams as Bulldogs," Malzahn said. "We've got a tough. tough schedule but we relish the challenge."

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